Paramount's Carowinds

PO Box 410289

Charlotte, North Carolina 28241

Carowinds first opened in 1973, located on the border of North and South Carolina.

Rides and Pastimes...

Gold Rusher (1972)

A runaway mine train type coaster designed by Arrow, this was an original coaster in the park.

Thunder Road (1976)

A wooden twin-racer, 3819 feet long with a lift hill of 93 feet. This John Allen ride takes a little over two minutes and reaches a top speed of 58 miles per hour (though averages approximately 48 mph).

Carolina Cyclone (1980)

An Arrow Dynamics designed steel quadruple looper. The rides features two consecutive vertical loops followed by two consecutive cork screws followed finally by a 450 degree uphill helix.

Vortex (1992)

A Bolliger & Mabillard standup coaster built at a cost of $5.5 million. The track is 2040 feet long with a 90 foot tall lift that gives the train its maximum speed of 50 miles per hour. Eath train holds six rows of four people (ie. 24 people total).

Hurler (1994)

This 3157 foot long woodie was designed by International Coasters Inc. and can now be found at several of the Paramount parks. The coaster is themed for the "Wayne's World" movie staring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey of SNL fame. The coaster features an 83 foot lift hill that gives the train its 50 mile per hour top speed over its two minute circuit.

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